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Iran to propose new nuclear talks

AP , Saturday 31 Dec 2011
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Iran's ambassador to Germany says his country will propose a new round of talks with the six world powers, following the latest sanctions imposed by the West over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

Ambassador Ali Reza Sheikh Attar says Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, is to send a letter soon to EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to arrange a new round of negotiations. Attar didn't say when the letter would be sent. His comments were reported by the semi-official Mehr news agency on Saturday.

The last round of negotiations between Iran and the six powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — in January in Istanbul, Turkey, ended in failure. The West fears Iran's nuclear program is geared toward making atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

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